Finger On The Pulse - April 2019

Finger On The Pulse - April 2019

Rovos Rail Turns 30

Congratulations to Rovos Rail who on the 29th of April 2019 will celebrate three decades in South Africa.

Since its first overnight journey with a seven-coach train to what was then the Eastern Transvaal, Rovos Rail has expanded exponentially and now offers eight trips around Southern Africa with more trains that can accommodate 72 passengers. Journeys range from 48 hours to 15 days with the newest route, Trail of Two Oceans, departing for its maiden voyage in July this year from Dar es Salaam to Lobito in Angola. It will be the first time in history that a passenger train will travel the east-to-west copper trail.

“Our new route coincides nicely with our 30th birthday. I’d like to say it was planned but I can’t take credit for the serendipitous timing,” says Rohan Vos, owner and CEO of Rovos Rail Tours.

The business now employs 440 staff members at Rovos Rail Station, the impressive private railway station and headquarters in Pretoria. In 1999, the derelict 60-acre property was rehabilitated and renovated to become the home of everything from the on-site laundry and kitchen to the locomotive and coach maintenance workshops, reservations and the finance department. “We also have our own little museum that pays homage to our 30 years of operation and also South Africa’s railway history,” says Vos.

A sixth train set is in production with completion aimed for December 2019. This means that the company will be able to have five Rovos Rail trains out at once on any of the eight journeys it offers along with Shongololo Express running on one of its three trips.

There is something rather fanciful about doing a train journey in Africa and if it isn’t on your bucket-list yet, perhaps it should be. Why not jump on the Victoria Falls to Pretoria Shongololo Express on the 27th of June 2019, there are still a couple of cabins available.

Get in touch with us now to find out about going on a railway adventure.

Avoid Getting Sick On Holiday

There is nothing worse than devoting months of your spare time planning your dream holiday and then spending half of it sick and tucked up in bed, albeit a luxurious one with fabulous views.

Follow some simple steps to reduce the chances of getting a nasty bug:

* Stay hydrated
* Get enough sleep
* Try to maintain a balanced diet
* Wash your hands often
* Get some exercise

Read the full article to find out how to actually accomplish the above while on your dream vacation. It’s not as hard as it seems.

Wellness At Oliver’s

Just outside the quaint town of White River lies a little gem called Oliver’s, a home away from home set in the White River Country Estate. You would be excused for thinking you were somewhere in the British countryside with the lush green forested hills that surround you.

With a golf course on your doorstep, luxurious accommodation, a gourmet restaurant and an in-house wellness and beauty clinic this would be the perfect location for a pampering break.

A team of five professional therapists are on hand to spoil you, be it with a massage, manicure, pedicure or specialised face and body treatments. Go for a romantic couple’s massage or have an exclusive package put together for you and your friends.

Oliver’s Wellness & Beauty Clinic offers the perfect setting for all types of pampering.

May Bonus
May is all about mum! The Mum’s Month package includes a luxury manicure with hand and arm massage, a luxury pedicure with foot and leg massage and a scrumptious breakfast all for just R690.

Would you like to spoil your mum? Are you a mum? Get in touch now to book your pamper package.

Avitourism in Rwanda

Rwanda is green, lucious, vibrant and home to the majestic mountain gorilla. Many people would say that the main reason to go to Rwanda would be for the gorilla trekking but watching animals of a different species could become just as popular.

Led by British expert birder Malcolm Wilson, thirty-five local birding guides completed a nineteen day training program in early April 2019. In the words of Ellen Kallinowsky, the Principal Technical Advisor of the Promotion of Economy and Employment program at GIZ:

“We strongly believe that bird watching in Rwanda can reach a similar economic potential as the gorillas already have today. Birding is not restricted to a specific number of visitors or to one area in the country. On the contrary, the wide range of birding habitats, varying from grass- and wetlands to forests and savannas allows for a spectacular diversity of species, making the country an Eldorado for birders.”

With over seven hundred bird species and thirty-five newly trained birding guides, avitourism is bound to take off.

If you are an ardent birder then pop Rwanda on your bucket-list and let us plan your next holiday.

More About Us

The Lost Executive wrote a lovely review of Pulse Africa and what we’re all about.

“Pulse Africa is in the dream business. Specifically, transforming travel dreams into reality excursions. And they do it very well.

Offering expertly designed luxury itineraries covering 16 countries and islands in Africa the business was dreamed up many years ago by Kenyan born Sandy Wood and officially established in 1992. It is the product of her own journey in travel as a guide, lodge manager, tour planner and finally founder of Pulse Africa.”

Read the full article here.


We hope you have enjoyed reading this month’s newsletter. Let us know if you have any suggestions on how we can improve the newsletter, we’d love to hear your feedback.

See you again in May.

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